Cher is sick with a virus, postpones two ‘Dressed to Kill’ shows

Cher performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles during the first leg of her "Dressed to Kill" tour.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Cher is sick with an “acute viral infection” and has postponed the start of the second leg of her “Dressed to Kill” tour, according to a statement posted on the website of the New York venue where was she was next scheduled to perform.

The pop diva is on full bed rest for a few days, per doctors’ orders, since her weekend diagnosis, said the note posted on the Times Union Center website.

A Sept. 11 show set for that Albany arena as well a Sept. 13 gig in Manchester, N.H., are now on the books for Oct. 6 and 7, respectively. Tickets will be honored on the new dates, or fans can get a refund.

In March, Cher launched what she says is her final tour -- she also said that the last time she toured -- and found herself at Staples Center in L.A. in early July. Cyndi Lauper opened the show.


“For all the glitter and high-tech pageantry ... her concert felt reassuringly human, even low-key at points,” the Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood said in his review. “It gave you a sense of the woman beneath the bedazzled loincloth.”

The tour has been taking its toll on the 68-year-old performer, who still knows how to rock those over-the-top costumes.

“Last nite was fun,” she tweeted back in April. “Actually ALL THE NIGHTS HAVE BEEN FUN Am Resting, 3shows in 4 days is rougher than I remember Have bandaids on 6 toes.”

Her doctor was also “a little annoyed” at the time that she was working the stage so soon after surgery late last year to fix a foot injured in a rehearsal accident in the late 1990s.


Still, she can’t exactly blame the road this time around: The first leg of the tour wrapped in mid-July, going dark for the second half of that month, all of August and the first week and a half of September.

“D2K” shows set for Sept. 15, 17, 19 and 20 in Pennsylvania, in New Jersey and at New York’s Madison Square Garden appeared to be on track as of Tuesday afternoon, with Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo opening. The tour ends with a Nov. 19 date in South Carolina.

Cher’s publicist did not immediately return a request for comment.

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